As we take a look at the serving gifts that act, the first one we’re going to look at is the gift of faith. What is the gift of faith? I’m sure as I ask that question, certain things go through your mind.
The Gift of Faith
Is the gift of faith different than regular old garden variety faith? Is there a difference between the two?
What comes to mind when I ask, who has the gift of faith? We immediately think of all the people to whom faith comes easy. In other words, if faith comes easy to you, you must have the gift of faith. Or you might think of the gift of faith as all the people in the church who are faithful people – they just believe God. Every one of us as believers are called to walk by faith.
I don’t know that we can own the gift of faith. What Jesus cares about is building the kingdom. He will send faith and manifest faith through someone to someone who needs that grace to be helped at that time. His gift to the body is to build faith up to storm the gates of hell.
If you view faith as something someone else has and you don’t, then you’re saying that because they’re faithful you don’t need to be, and you’re content with all your unbelief.
The problem is this – every one of us is called to faith. Every one of us is called to be faithful. We are under a tremendous rebuke from the word of God if we don’t exercise faith.
I also think we’ll be accountable for the lack of faith we sometimes have in the opportunities God brings to us as individuals and as a church from time to time – but because we didn’t have the faith we didn’t step out in a scary area.
The word of God says that without faith it’s impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:24 says, “By faith Moses CHOSE to endure ill treatment along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasure of sin for a season.”
Faith is a Choice
In some respects, faith is a choice we make. By faith Moses chose. He made a decision. Based on the promise of God – based on what is right – we’re going to choose to believe God.
What are ways you can choose to believe God in your current circumstance? There’s no way in the world that believers can blame their lack of power, mushy commitment and lack of faith on “Well, I just never got the gift of faith.”
If we’re uncommitted, wishy-washy and never believe God, it’s because we’ve chosen not to in many respects. I think grace is imparted to those who are involved in building the kingdom.
Jesus cares about the building of his kingdom – that’s why he gives grace. He doesn’t empower us so that we’ll feel warm and nice. The reason he gifts us and empowers us with faith is so we can storm the gates of hell – and break them down!